Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Newspaper Page Text
SCHOOLS WHERE MEN ARE TAUGHT HOW TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AGAINST THE ATTACKS OF STREET ROWDIES (Fhotogrrapbji reproduced from "The Illustrated Sp.trtlcff and Dramatic XeTi»."> Tarrying a thug's left-hand blow and breaking Thwarting a left-hand blow with the elbow Making a "hooked thug*" see stars, so that A cane thrust Into a thug's neck to make- V.m his arm by a crack on the "crazy bone." and simultaneously strangling the thug. he lets go of his cane. drop his knife. so pleased with their first winter's experience her© that they decided to make the capital their permanent home. Mr. "Walsh purchased a site on the most fashionable avenue, and built a line house, which is now completed and which the family will occupy in the autumn. Mr. Walsh has also in course of erection near the Treasury Department a nine story oflice buildintr, which he has named after his State, and is identifying himself with the interests of city in other important ways. ART OF STICK DEFENCE. d Ready Means of Warding Off Felonious Assaults. In the crowded <ity as well as at the lonely crossroads a man never knows when he may be called upon to defend himself. However vigilant may be the police, however strong the windows >f his house, one is never absolutely secure from >ug or burglar. However regular nay be his habits, however restrained hjs desires, still (here are emergencies which may keep a citizen >ul until the "owl" hours or call him into un frequented byways. Street gangs never seemed bolder than at tho present time, and their attacks upon law-abid ing < itizens are of frequent occurrence. The majority limit their operations to the tenement house districts, but now and then they appear where leost expected. Such was the case in the alleged attack upon David Laraar's coachman in Long Branch by "Monk" Eastman and some other members of his notorious Bast Side gang. When a man is called on to face a ruffian, he ,/eeds no better weapon than a hickory walking stick. A revolver is likely to harm him more than to help. As .soon as a man reaches for his weapon, his adversary has the right to shoot, and the accomplished criminal is almost sure to lave his weapon ready first. The stick is the better weapon, because it is quicker. It is in one's hand aJready. It te always "loaded." In sue h a crisis the first blow counts. At lueh a time neither endurance nor strength is "Fighting fire with fire." How to hook .1 thug around the nock when be tri< s to use a stick. :new-york tribute illustrated supplement. as important as quickness. Tb< re is only one round, and in most instances there is only one blow. Th.- man who gives it first, and gives it right, is the victor. One does not need to be an experienced boxer or wrestler, for his ad versary on such occasions is not likely to ob serve the Marquis of Queensberry rules or tho laws of the Greco-Roman school of wrestling. Foul nil ans are fair at sin h times. In the city of London the crime of tho hish wayman and burglar ha.s increased to sucb an extent that many schools have sprung up in the great English metropolis where one may learn the art of stick defence. The schools have proved popular, and many of the professional fencing and boxing masters have included courses in which the pupil is taught to handle the stick. The instruction is simple, and •■, trusts in a striking degree with the complicated si lence of fencing. Neither is it anything like th.- old art of handling the singlestick, where two men armed with sticks parry with • othi r for an opening to administer a biow. Stick defence differs from ail these manly ex ercises in this essential— it is not a pa time be tween spoilsmen; it is a quick and safe method of knocking cut a thus. Many a busy New-Yorker, however, would never learn the- art oi slick defence, even though h^ believed it would some day save his life, if he had to go to a gymnasium or a fencing Echool to learn it. "I simply haven't the time," such a man would say. !■'"!• the same reason he has long wished to be a boxer, and secretly envied the splendid mus « I s of the athletes he sees at the beach when be goes down there for a Sunday swim. Neither does lie know anything about wrestling or many another manly sport which would not only be friend him in an hour of need, but, best of all. build up his physique and enable him to work harder and longer, and yet fee) far less weary when he loaves his office at night. Stick defence, however, can be learned at home more easily, perhaps, than any other art of self-defence, and after a few general rules are mastered the beginner may learn how to apply them in many effective ways. He must first of Tr 1 1 r l ip a Ucker with a hook-handled umbrella. all have a roommate or some other good friend who is willing to play the "thug" and to be '"knocked out" some half hundred times. In imagination the "thug's" arms will be broken, his wrists and ankles dislocated and his neck tw isted. The thug who is of Anglo-Saxon origin spn erally makes his assault with his lists. If he doesn't he pulls a pistol. His most common fist attack is to strike his purposed victim in the face with his left hand, and to hoW back his right ready for a blow in the stomach. Nine times out of ten such a ruffian overwhelms his man. and even an experienced boxer may fail to thwart such an assault, But the man with a stick, should he handle himself right, ought not only to withstand his enemy, tut break his arm. As soon as the stick man sees what i gallant is up to he clutches his enemy's left hand with his own. and with his light, holding his stick and guarding his stomach at the same time, he cracks the thud's arm tin the crazy bone, at the • Ibow. At the same time he strikes he twists the arm inward, so as to make the pain of the blow .'till more acute. If the stick man wants to strike hard enough he can break a thug's arm in this way. Should one find it impossible to use this iie\ ..- :( in withstanding a left-handed attack, t another way which proves almost as efl As the thus rushes for his nan the st i> k man grasps his cane at the- small end with ! hand, and with bis sight he clutches it near the handle. His hands are near enough to however, so that his ri;_;!;t elbow is at ai of 90 degrees, and with this protruding wards off the swing of th^- thug's left arm. At the same tune he thrusts the handle of Ins • ane under the <!un of his foe and topples him over on his back. In ease f a right-handed attack, tbe man with a slick nueetfl :t in th^ same fash ion, but with opposite hands. I'niess the sight of a pistol's muzzle unnerves him, th<* man with a cane is able to dispose f the thug who pulls a gun easier than if he used only his ftsts. If the pistol puller is left nan led, an upward blow of the cane is best, for it knocks the weapon high into the air, and does not swerve the barrel sidewise, so that the bullet Is likely to reach the he:.: I : victim. But in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred the gun is in the right hand, and the stick man need only drop to his knees and at the same time strike his would-be murderer ■ sharp side wise crack on the Knuckles to disarm him. As the Anglo-Saxon uses his lists, so the Ital ian and Spaniard have recourse to the knife. Un less such a thug is left-handed, he strikes with his right hand, and he is met by the stick man in much the same way as a left-handed fist blow is averted by the thrust of the cane's handle under the chin. The stick man. however, holds his arms differently. He now bends his left elbow to avert the stab and shield his vitals. As a general thing the thrust of a cane under the chin partially strangles a thug and so ills concerts him that he drops the blade from his hand. Should the ruffian use his left hand, the man with a stick grasps his weapon with his right hand around its small end and his left about its centre, and with his rig elbcw shield ing his breast he gives the strangling thrust into his enemy's neck. The German also has his waj •ri.,:;. In | has b . :i trained in the use of the bt : as ;i i easant boy h^ ka - match a with his playmates. .-'•■ whe ■: •':. ■ \ . ■ of \ totem • ■:. His fate, b< t s!:. k >■ that of the I ing this k:\,i of enemy an umbrella "r . wiih a booked hand! : mt around ward. At the same time he raises his k i that t ; • the thus strik- I II with great fon •-. Thi . i so many stars that be invai ai>d thus surrenders himself t.. The mercy of hi 3 Some thugs have a way of coming up i victims from behind and disc one ertmg with a kick. Tho stick man who knows thf tac ti'S 01 thugs is prepared fot this kind <>f a Aa soon as he suspects what is to occur he Ho 1 Hag c(T an awsaitaal bj a thrust ir. the itaaa h.